Ronnie Cummins

Ronnie Cummins

Ronnie Cummins is a veteran activist, author, and organizer. He is the International Director of the Organic Consumers Association and its Mexico affiliate, Via Organica.

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"The rise of authoritarian and fascist regimes, and the weakening of a common sense of purpose, cooperation and solidarity have brought us to a dangerous precipice." (Photo: Flickr/Dan Cook/cc) Views
Monday, February 05, 2018
Degeneration Nation 2018: The Darkest Hour
Welcome to Degeneration Nation 2018. The frightening truth is that our “profit-at-any-cost” economy and global empire, run by and for the one percent and multi-national corporations, aided and abetted by an out-of-control Congress and White House, is threatening our very survival. Our system of...
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"In the U.S. where industrial agriculture has dominated (and degenerated) for far too long, a growing number of farmers are reclaiming their independence by returning to their roots." (Photo: Public Domain) Views
Friday, January 05, 2018
Let's Make 2018 the Year We Rise Up and Regenerate!
“...the care of the earth is our most ancient and most worthy and, after all, our most pleasing responsibility. To cherish what remains of it, and to foster its renewal, is our only legitimate hope.” – Wendell Berry, “The Art of the Commonplace: The Agrarian Essays” It was a soil scientist who...
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Sunday, November 05, 2017
How Regenerative Food and Farming Can Reverse Rural Poverty and Forced Migration in the Americas
One of the most politically charged debates today, especially in the U.S. and Europe, is the so-called “immigration crisis.” There are approximately 250 million (3 percent of the world’s 7.6 billion people) migrants in the world today. About 20 percent, or 47 million of those, live in the U.S...
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The federal government has no problem subsidizing, to the tune of $20 billion/year  —GMO monoculture crops that degrade the soil and play a significant role in making global warming worse. Views
Tuesday, October 24, 2017
Global Warming ‘Costing Taxpayers Billions.’ Here’s How to Fix It.
Another report sounding the alarm about climate change. Another missed opportunity to talk about the most promising solution: regenerative agriculture. The New York Times yesterday cited a new report by the notoriously conservative Government Accountability Office (GAO), which said “climate change...
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Tuesday, July 25, 2017
Dirty Dairy: Why Consumers Need to Force Ben and Jerry's to Go Organic
The Vermont brand has been built on a bucolic image of cows grazing on endless pastures . . . Ben & Jerry’s ice cream and other Vermont companies have used this idyllic imagery to sell their products. Gone are the days, however, when most of Vermont’s cows were grazing in spectacularly scenic...
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Thursday, July 20, 2017
Organics: Ferreting Out the Fraudulent Few, While Demanding Higher Standards, Better Enforcement
A recent series of articles by a Washington Post reporter could have some consumers questioning the value of the USDA organic seal. But are a few bad eggs representative of an entire industry? Consumers are all for cracking down on the fraudulent few who, with the help of Big Food, big retail...
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Wednesday, February 01, 2017
Three Life-or-Death Reasons Why Climate, Food, and Native American Activists Need to Keep Working Together
On Tuesday, January 24, Donald Trump signed presidential memorandums to revive the controversial Keystone XL and Dakota Access oil pipelines—two major dirty oil and fracking pipelines halted by the Obama administration after massive resistance from indigenous, climate and other public interest...
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Thursday, November 10, 2016
Now That It's Over, It's Times to Exercise Our 'True Power'
The best thing about the 2016 election, a contest between two of the most unpopular candidates in history, is that it’s over. Now, we get back to work. Back to our radical roots (it’s never been lost on me that the word radical originates from the Latin word for root). With this divisive and toxic...
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Thursday, October 20, 2016
The Long March Against Monsanto: A Letter from The Hague
We are today in the midst of a battleground for two very different approaches to agriculture. One is the agro-ecological approach based on the use of open source traditional seeds based on biodiversity and living in harmony with nature. The other is the mechanistic world of an industrial system...
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Wednesday, May 25, 2016
Bayer and Monsanto: A Marriage Made in Hell
The two multinationals that teamed up during the Vietnam War to poison millions of people with its Agent Orange herbicide—St. Louis, Mo.-based Monsanto and Germany’s Bayer AG—are looking to become one. Bayer has announced a bid to buy Monsanto in a deal that would expand Bayer's GMO and pesticide...
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